Tennessee unemployment rises to 6.5 percent in June

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennesseans lost an estimated 1,300 jobs between May and June, and the state's unemployment rate crept up to 6.5 percent.

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a total of 196,900 people were unemployed in June. That's 57,200 fewer people employed than the same month of last year.

Tennessee's unemployment rate was a full percentage point above the national average of 5.5 percent.

Employment losses compared with June of last year included 8,600 jobs in manufacturing, about 5,100 jobs in business services and 3,600 jobs in leisure and hospitality services.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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